Case Studies

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From victim to survivor: refusing patriarchy, asserting autonomy

In this booklet, the cases covered represent a diversity of issues pertaining to the safety and security of women and girls of all ages. The goal is to offer a variety of examples of survivors and the mechanisms and mediums they utilized in order to overcome compound forms of violence and abuse. Each individual case highlights a particular subset of crimes against women: rape; dowry harassment; child marriage; and stalking.

An overwhelming majority of survivors of violence and abuse are unaware of their basic rights and the kinds of protection available through legal intervention. When such women and their families visit Jagori, the counseling centre facilitates timely resolution of the issue by providing either direct guidance to the implicated parties, assisting with the filing of an FIR, or referring the victim to another NGO, lawyer or alternative source of mediation.

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Challenging violence, Negotiating Equality

This document has been conceptualized with the objective to a) share experiences of women facing violence, how they challenged existing patriarchal systems and evolved as ‘survivors’ and b) to provide information about rights and laws available to women in a trying circumstances.

The five cases we highlight in this document reiterate that violence is inextricably woven into the everyday lives of these women. The agents of violence could well be located within families or outside in unfamiliar domains. Each one of the cases presented here is a testimony to the extraordinary courage of girls/women – survivors who fought for redressal and justice.

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Case histories of women violence survivors

The case studies covered in this study reiterate that the executors of violence could well be located within families or outside in an unfamiliar domain. Following different trajectories in time, space and details the cases are bound by commonalities that include: patriarchy, societal pressures, gender exploitation, insensitive administrations and the indispensability of women’s organizations, communities and youth. The cases endorse the need for an active women’s movement – strong presence of women’s organizations acting as catalysts/mediators at various levels: engaging with families, authorities like police and most importantly as consistent support for the victim, providing her with safety, emotional sustenance and information to a safer, productive future. Click the link below to read the study:

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